Pocket Clinical Examination


  • Nicholas Talley, MD (NSW), PhD (Syd), MMedSci (Clin Epi)(Newc.), FAHMS, FRACP, FAFPHM, FRCP (Lond. & Edin.), FACP , Pro Vice-Chancellor, Global Research, University of Newcastle, Australia Professor of Medicine, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle, Australia President, Royal Australasian College of Physicians Chair-Elect, Committee of Presidents of Medical Colleges (CPMC) Hon. Treasurer, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Senior Staff Specialist, John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle, Australia Adjunct Professor and Consultant, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA Adjunct Professor, University of North Carolina, NC, USA Foreign Guest Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Simon O'Connor, FRACP DDU FCSANZ , Cardiologist, Canberra Hospital; Clinical Senior Lecturer, Australian National University Medical School, Canberra, ACT, Australia

Pocket Clinical Examination is an introduction to history taking and the examination of patients. It has step by step instructions for the junior medical officer working on the ward for the first time. It aims to provide a solid foundation from which students can develop their own systematic approaches. Details of the mechanisms of symptoms and signs, and comprehensive lists of differential diagnosis are not included but may be found in the larger text Clinical Examination. There is a section on writing and presenting the history and physical examination. PCE provides an introduction to physical examination and a place where students can go for revision before examining patients.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-7872-1

Table of Contents




Chapter 1: Taking the history

Chapter 2: Advanced history taking

Chapter 3: Beginning the examination

Chapter 4: The heart

Chapter 5: The chest

Chapter 6: The abdomen

Chapter 7: The nervous system

Chapter 8: The eyes, and ears nose and throat

Chapter 9: The thyroid and endocrine system

Chapter 10: The breasts

Chapter 11: The joints

Chapter 12: The skin

Chapter 13: Assessment of the geriatric patient

Chapter 14: The acutely ill patient

Chapter 15: Examining the systems of the body

Chapter 16: Writing and presenting the history and
physical examination


Final remarks

Further reading